Skywatch

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I setup my station to provide the most info to the public. Everything on wunderground is pretty self explanatory however some things maybe a bit confusing.

 

 

This is from the web cam images I send to Wunderground. I integrated an additional data display into the images to show information not normally displayed on Wunderground.

 

1 temperature in the sun. When you walk out in the sun and it feels about 10-20 degrees hotter. This value uses temperature humidity wind speed and solar radiation to calculate how hot it really feels like.

2 temperature in the shade. This is the same as the above but without the solar. this is what the temperature will feel like in the shade like under a tree or umbrella.

3 drought conditions, This monitors the current drought conditions using humidity rainfall wind and temperature.

4 fire, this shows what the danger level is for fires. Burn bans and fire restrictions use this calculation.

5 sunshine hours, this is how many hours of the day the sun was shining. This counts the number of hours and minutes. during cloudy conditions the counter stops.

6 leaf wetness, This is the current surface wetness of leaves and other surfaces. This can also give an early indication of rainfall. or on cool nights this can indicate fog density if the dew point is close to the actual temperature.

7 soil temp, This is the soil temperature at 6 inches

8 Soil moisture, This is the soil moisture at 6 inches. This value is in Centibars and is the opposite of how most moisture sensors work. The higher the reading the drier the soil.

9 Et (evapotranspiration), This is the evaporation coming from plants and soil. Many of us are familiar with ET irrigation controllers. This value is the actual measure of Evapotranspiration.

10 UV burn time, This is how long it's estimated to get sunburned. Please note this value assumes albino skin. Most prone to sunburn.

This is another thing my station does. it reports the cloud and current conditions. The left column is the current conditions like clouds, rain, etc. The second column gives more details on the average cloud conditions. An idea of what the sky looks like.